a short site about The Divine Comedy

French version

National Express

Lyrics & Music: Neil Hannon

Published by: BMG Music Publishing Ltd.

Originally interpreted by: The Divine Comedy

Covered by: The Divine Comedy & Lenny Beige / The Divine Comedy & Duke Special / The Duckworth Lewis Method / Hit Sunfly / Louis Hartshorn (Star In Their Eyes) / Charly Karaoke Group / Lb's Fighting Fund Band


To see the lyrics, click on the name of the version you are interested in (on the left).




This is one of the most popular Divine Comedy songs, since it reached #8 in the UK charts in 1999. It is a regular song at gigs.
It is indeed very efficient: the lyrics are simple, the chorus even more so. So everybody can sing it along. It is just a perfect song to ‘make you smile’.

It describes the people we see on a bus, as National Express is a British bus company. It is inspired by direct experience of Neil who used to travel by bus to visit his brother in the early/mid 90’s [1]. However, it was mis-interpreted by the NME who reviewed it as a condescendent song to the working classes, and sadly this sometime still sticks to the general opinion.

"Tomorrow Belongs To Me" is a song from Cabaret and the tune on that line is that of the song.

A video was directed by Matthew Kirkby and takes place in a mental hospital.

In 2002, the song was covered by Lenny Beige during a Divine Comedy concert at Edinburgh.